Inside the Strokirk House: A Misian-Inspired Masterpiece with Art to Match
Sep24

Inside the Strokirk House: A Misian-Inspired Masterpiece with Art to Match

Some years back I had an awkward conversation with an art curator. “If I had your job, I’d probably fill the walls with M.C. Escher prints and Mardi Gras posters,” I said. After an awkward pause, the curator sighed and said, “Fortunately, that will never happen.” Honestly, I don’t know much about what makes some art valuable and other stuff worthless. Two people who do have a critical eye for art are Goran and Marianne Strokirk. I had...

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Status Update: Illinois Masonic Expansion in Lakeview
Sep24

Status Update: Illinois Masonic Expansion in Lakeview

With curving walls of glass, and dramatic facade angles in place, the $109 million expansion of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Lakeview is starting to look like the drawings we’ve seen for the last couple of years. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell stopped by the other day and took these pictures of the construction progress.  You can see the three-story project’s intersecting planes of...

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Book Review: Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture (3rd ed.)
Sep24

Book Review: Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture (3rd ed.)

If you own the 2nd Edition of the best-selling, oh-so-portable Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture (2004), you won’t be surprised that there is a new, updated version this year.  Like the AIA Guide to Chicago, ten years since the last edition is an incredibly long time in Chicago architecture.  While the A.I.A. guide’s last edition had very little about Millennium Park and rectified that gap in the latest edition, the 2ndedition...

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